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Cats Struggle Without Noel

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Kentucky-Tennessee Postgame Notes. Tennessee 88, Kentucky 58.


  • Kentucky falls to 17-8 overall and 8-4 in Southeastern Conference action. Tennessee improves to 14-10 and 6-6 in league play.
  • Despite the loss, Kentucky still leads the series 149-67. Prior to today's defeat, UK had won six-straight in the series and now owns wins in 20 of the last 25 meetings.
  • Kentucky is 4-4 all-time as the Associated Press' No. 25 ranked team.
  • Kentucky returns to action on Wednesday, Feb. 20 for the first of three-straight at home. UK welcomes Vanderbilt to Rupp Arena for an 8 p.m. ET tip to air on the SEC Network.

Team Game Notes

  • Kentucky used the starting combination of Jarrod Polson, Archie Goodwin, Willie Cauley-Stein, Kyle Wiltjer and Julius Mays for the first time this season. That lineup is 0-1 on the year.
  • Alex Poythress was the first sub off the bench for the Blue and White. This marked the third time this season he's been the first substitution for the Cats.
  • -Mays connected on Kentucky's first 3-point attempt on UK's first made field goal of the first half. The basket extended UK's 3-point streak to 852 consecutive games which is a standard that ranks as the third longest such streak in the nation.
  • Kentucky trailed 50-26 at the half. The 24-point deficit was the largest of the season for UK. The Wildcats are now 1-6 when trailing at the break.
  • UK had three players (Poythress, Cauley-Stein and Harrow) foul out. It marked the first time three players fouled out for Kentucky since Jan. 8, 2011 at Georgia.

Individual Player Notes

#4 Jon Hood

  • The junior played a season-high 15 minutes; he had previously played 11 minutes against Lafayette on Nov. 16, 2012.
  • Pulled down a team-high three offensive rebounds.
  • Scored four points which is the most in SEC play this season for Hood.

#5 Jarrod Polson

  • The junior made his first career start.
  • Scored a career-high 11 points, topping his previous high of 10 vs. Maryland in the season opener.
  • Scored four or more points in consecutive games for the first time in his career.
  • Has sunk a 3-pointer in a career-long three-game stretch.
  • Connected on a career-high four-of-four free throw attempts. Both the makes and the attempts were career-best marks.

#15 Willie Cauley-Stein

  • Had two blocks, marking the first multi-block game for the 7-0 forward since swatting two shots against South Carolina.

#22 Alex Poythress

  • Drew his first two career charges running the team total to 10 for the season.

#33 Kyle Wiltjer

  • Scored 18 points and has now reached double-figure scoring in 14 games this season and 19 times in his career.

#34 Julius Mays

  • Connected on his first two 3-point attempts of the first half and has now drilled multiple shots from long range in 10 of his last 11 games.
  • Scored 12 points and has reached double-figure scoring in five-straight games.
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